Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Biogeography

Dr. Andrey Dara







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Rudower Chaussee 16, Room 2'228

+49 (0)30 2093-9331

+49 (0)30 2093-6848

Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany


Matthias Baumann

About me

My current research focus is on land cover and land-use change in the steppe area of northern Kazakhstan after the breakdown of Soviet Union. This includes cropland extent change (cropland abandonment and recultivation), steppe fire dynamics (change of burned area), and vegetation dynamics change (grassland degradation). In my studies I mostly use state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms to analyse dense time series of satellite images.

Curriculum Vitae

Since 07/2105       Doctoral Researcher. Geomatics Lab, HU-Berlin, Germany.
Since 07/2015 Scholarship Holder at Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)
2009 - 2016

Engineer/Lead Engineer at Institute for Space Research, Kazakhstan

  • Montoring cropland extent using remote sensing
  • Mapping change of snow cover dinamics
  • Command Center Project
20013 - 2015 Master of Science in Information Systems, Kazakh-British Technical University. Almaty, Kazakhstan
2004 - 2011 Diploma in Automation of Control Systems, Kazakh-British Technical University. Almaty, Kazakhstan


Please find my CV on LinkedIn

Selected Publications

Dara, A., Baumann, M., Kuemmerle, T., Pflugmacher, D., Rabe, A., Griffiths, P., Hölzel, N., & Hostert, P. (2018): Mapping the timing of cropland abandonment and recultivation in northern Kazakhstan using annual Landsat time series, Remote Sensing of Environment, 213, 49-60, DOI:10.1016/j.rse.2018.05.005
Kraemer, R., et al. (2015). "Long-term agricultural land-cover change and potential for cropland expansion in the former Virgin Lands area of Kazakhstan." Environmental Research Letters 10(5). DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/5/054012


For a full publication list and citation metrics see my Research Gate profile.